Prison Libraries

Drag Queen Arguments @ Your Library

This one turned up in one of my email alerts today, it's from the Lake Oswego (Oregon) Police Blotter:

8/14/08 4:33 p.m. An argument broke out between a drag queen and another patron in the parking lot of the library.

Electronic Library for the Blair County [PA] Prison?

A big change is proposed for the Blair County [PA] Prison. It may soon be a easier for inmates to do legal research. The Commissioners in Hollidaysburg say they have a number of good reasons to change the law library in the county's lock up. Chief among them, the move is expected to save this county a lot of money.

No Ordinary Personage, This Librarian

Most prison librarians are hardworking and dedicated, but not many have received what Sue Wilkinson, librarian at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham UK, just received; the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, a British order of chivalry established by King George V in 1917.

According to the Evesham Journal, the recipient is quite pleased particularly since 2008 is the National Year of Reading in Britain.

Publisher Drops Book Ban Lawsuit Against Mass. Prisons

State prison officials have decided to allow a publisher of legal self-help books to distribute its materials in Massachusetts prisons.
The decision comes after mail-order publisher Prison Legal News sued Department of Correction Commissioner Harold Clarke. The Seattle-based publisher claimed Clarke was banning its publications in state prisons by refusing to add it to a list of approved vendors who can send books to prisoners.

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